Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Fourth of July 2018

In celebration of Independence Day 2018, I am re-posting the following thoughts and ideas from the Center for Urban Renewal and Education. Star Parker is the Founder of CURE whose writings I have been following for several years. The Executive Vice President of her organization, Derek McCoy, sent out the message below on July 4, 2018. He suggests three ideas for each of us, to educate and review for ourselves and our families, the history of the founding of the United States of America.

Derek McCoy's message:

As we celebrate our 242nd birthday, let’s make sure we preserve our memory of these unique governing principles.  Here are three simple things you and your family can do:

1. Read the Declaration of Independence. It is both a pleasurable and a rewarding experience that should be enjoyed by every citizen. The Declaration is a deep, rich document, giving the twenty-seven reasons that America was birthed, and also setting forth in its first 155 words the six immutable principles of American government – the six principles on which the Founders later erected the Constitution of the United States – the six principles that still produce American Exceptionalism today.

2. Learn something new about those who wrote the Declaration. Look at the names of the fifty-six signers; find one you don’t know – perhaps one you’ve never heard of before, and look him up and read a short bio about him (perhaps from sites such as Colonial Hall) or get a copy of Lives of the Signers, so that you can have a short bio about each one of the signers. In short, rediscover a new Founder.

3.  John Adams said that Independence Day “ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.” So enjoy the fireworks and parades and celebration – but also make sure to honor and thank God – make it a day celebrated “with solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.”

Together we can make a difference,

Derek McCoy
Executive Vice President  
CURE Center for Urban Renewal and Education

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